Amanda Hand expanding her role at Concordia Language Villages
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Amanda Hand expanding her role at Concordia Language Villages

Amanda Hand, a longtime elementary school teacher at Sawtooth Mountain Elementary School, submitted her resignation at the end of this school year. Many community members wondered why. WTIP finds out in this interview.

Amanda is expanding her role at Concordia Language Villages. She is a Danish speaker and has been a dean for the Danish village for many years, but will now be a program director. She will be overseeing and supporting several language villages. In her new role she will work with other Nordic villages, Swedish, Finnish, and Norwegian, as well as Italian and German.

One of the first questions that many community members asked when they heard this news was “Will Amanda be moving away?” She tells WTIP no, not in the immediate future. She will be working at the language villages in the summer and then remotely from Cook County for at least a year or so.

Amanda is happy to share information about Concordia Language Villages, which is located in Bemidji and is affiliated with Concordia College. This is the school’s 61st year. There is a myriad of offerings—summer language immersion courses for students, training for teachers, and some adult workshops. Concordia also works with the U.S. Department of Defense with service members who need extensive language knowledge.

To learn more about language education opportunities, visit the school website. Or, as Amanda tells WTIP in this interview with Rhonda Silence, if you see her on the street, ask her about it!